Walks Challenge: Week #1
Walking a Part of Your Lifestyle
you are busy and there is always more to do than there is
time to do it, it is important to make walking a part of
your day…not something in addition to all the things
already on your “to do list”. Schedule time for
walking, like you schedule all of your other important appointments.
Walking a “Healthy Habit” For a Lifetime!
Surgeon General has stated that physical activity reduces
the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading
causes of illness and death in the United States.
physical activity can:
reduce the risk of developing or dying from heart disease,
diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure.
symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve mood, and
enhance ability to perform daily tasks.
who are usually inactive can improve their health and well
being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis.
people will have to work up to walking for 30 minutes each
day. But recent studies have shown that even a 10-minute
walk, three times a day has the same benefit as one 30-minute
walk. And even better news is that walking just 30 minutes
a day on almost every day of the week cuts our incidence
of having a heart attack in half.
ways to overcome barriers to walking include:
slowly with realistic goals to build confidence.
doesn’t have to be at a strenuous pace. Use the “conversation”
friends and family members in your walking to enhance
the dog, walking to your car, and just a short stroll
at lunch are all ways to get in a 10-minute walk.
walking in advance and stick to a routine with a friend
prepared! Keep a pair of walking shoes in the car for
any walking opportunity.
your walking partners phone number handy.